HOPpopatamus | Silver Moon Brewing

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Silver Moon Brewing
Oregon, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Fall

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Added by mjl21 on 10-27-2009

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.17/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured out a mostly copper and auburn color, offwhite head (mostly white) that sat at about 1/4" for a little while, so the retention was cool, the lacing was lacking though.

Aroma was just bitter C hops. Not much in terms of dry hopping, just seemed like a long hop boil judging by the aroma.

Taste was even more bitterness. They didn't necessarily skimp on the hops, they just ran the boil super long, or just used the cheapest non proprietary hops local to the area or something. There just isn't much in the way of hop flavor instead of hop bitterness. Its still enjoyable to a degree, but when you think about the price of a bomber, you're paying a lot of money per oz. for what should be substantially better. Also, I never understand why people make heavy malt fresh hop beers. How about you let the hops stand in the forefront on one of those beers? Lots of caramel on this one.

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Photo of ElGordo
4.39/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a pint glass. A rich golden-copper body with just a touch of haze is topped by a small, creamy white head that only retains for a half-minute or so. Aroma is heavy on fresh green hops, with some notes of pineapple, grapefruit, and pine. A mild sweetness from the malt cuts the huge hop aroma only slightly.
Palate is again heavy on the hops, with lots of pine and grapefruit notes up front. The mildly sweet malt imparts flavors of honey and light grain, cutting the bitterness but not at all diminishing the huge hit of hops. A pleasant bitterness lingers on the finish, with an overarching flavor of grapefruit.
Body is substantial but not thick or syrupy. The carbonation is a little light for a beer with such a huge amount of flavor, but is not distracting. On the whole, I'm a huge fan of this beer. Hopefully this will be an annual release, as they really nailed the recipe this time.

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Photo of tempest
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from Belmont Station while visiting PDX. I'd been disappointed by a couple of the fresh hop ales I'd had on tap there—too soapy, or not hoppy enough. This beer, however, bad big, bold, bright hops flavors. It's very fruity and juicy, going beyond citrus into what resembles apricot and peaches. The finish, however, just didn't feel that bitter. I mean, I wouldn't mind a little more punch, but I'd still order a second pint if I were enjoying this fine fresh hop ale at a bar. Glad I picked this up.

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Photo of ThisMoonlife
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of hopsbreath
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First Silver Moon beer. Bomber into a Duvel tulip. Copper in color, a nice rocky beige head sits on top. Some minimal lacing looks pretty good.

Some light sweet malts, citrus zest, and grassy hops are delicate in aroma but there none the less.

Big bitter green hops. Tastes like fresh cut grass and sunshine. Very long lingering citrus really coats the tongue. Nice stuff here.

Thin and smooth feel. Soft carbonation keeps it clean but still a little gummy. Sticky lips tell me the hop oils are a little more than usual.

Overall I have to say its pretty solid. Check it out if you have the chance.

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Photo of Docer
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wish I had it on tap, but am enjoying a bottle I grabbed from Bottles NW in NE PDX...

- Nice big fluffy white head down to a large funky ring of lace... and a thin continent over the clear amber copper brew....

- Big citrus and grassy hop notes.. certainly lots of hops going on... riding on a blanket of caramel grain.... light brown sugar...

- Sweet success. Lovely citrus and floral hops with a tea-like quality... balanced perfectly with a light caramel sweet malt... slightly bready, and a touch of biscuit. This is one killer fresh hop brew.

- Medium to light bodied.. slightly sticky, and yet more chewy... drying a bit.

- One of the better Oregon fresh hop brews around. I am glad it was bottled... I kept missing it while it was on tap around PDX.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A light copper, brown, auburn, amber-y color, white head that was smallish. Average lacing and retention. Aroma was bitter hops. Kinda average and meh.

Taste just gave up more bitterness. One trick pony type of situation here. No off flavors, just really run of the mill ipa stuff from the mid90s. Cara malt all up in this bitch. Pass.

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Photo of John_M
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The 2011 wet hop version of this beer. Sampled the other day at Belmont Station.

The beer pours an orange amber color with good head retention and lacing. The beer looks pretty nice, but it wasn't until I lowered my beak into my glass that I realized just what I was in for.

The nose on this beer is quite impressive, imparting considerable wet tobacco, dank earth and dry citrus. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this excellent IPA, and the finish is quite dry and bitter. The amount of flavor this 6.7% abv. delivers is nothing short of astonishing. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a long, dank, very bitter finish. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile in this well crafted beer.

This is truly exceptional.... call me very, very impressed.

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Photo of LouZ
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Derek
4.57/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2009 Fresh hop ale... 100% whole flower cascade hops.

An all around great brew.

A: Copper with a little haze and an off-white head, good retention & lacing.

S: Grapefruit rind, marmalade, floral, grass & pine with an underlying toffee sweetness and hints of cotton candy.

T: Grapefruit rind, marmalade, floral, resiny pine, mango, pepper, candied pineapple, toffee, caramel, nut, good bitterness (~55IBU?).

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body has a hint of residual sweetness, some hop acidity and a drying finish.

D: Damn, I can't believe the bomber is gone. On one hand I wish I shared this excellent brew... on the other... I'm glad I had it for myself!

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Photo of chugamugofsud
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of loren01
2.75/5  rDev -27.8%

Photo of ccrida
3/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, HOPpopatamus is auburn with a big bubbled, thin off-white head that leaves very light, scattered lace.

Smell is some woodsy, stemmy hops, a little peanut butter vibe. Fairly pungent, but not a great IPA nose per se. Fairly bitter, some sour citrus.

Taste is rather malty, a firm bitterness, the hops are obviously a bit faded, as a fresh hop, in early November, it's past it's prime, even if it was bought from a cooler at New Seasons. A little dusty hops

Mouthfeel is chewy, oily, medium-heavy bodied.

Drinkability is ok, this is a malty fresh hop IPA that is no longer fresh- that said, I can't judge them to unjustly for buying it late...therefore, I give all scores a plus .5 bias...but it was basically below average across the board.

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Photo of Phobicsquirrel
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of CoryR
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of shelby415
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of twelveinches
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of raiderandbeerfan
3.07/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Cool label and all, but the uniqueness kind of dies off there. You get that mix of amber and copper color that screams slutty crystal (malt). The mostly white head wraps itself 1/3" deep with good retention but not so good lace. Aroma was all c hops, and none of it apparently as a dry hop device.

Taste was just more bitterness. Doesn't lend itself to a lot of hop flavor. Screw buying bombers of something like this. Too much caramel and bitterness.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a copperish orange color with good carbonation and a nice white head

S: Citrus and floral notes

T: Some citrus, grains, floral notes and a slickness, sharp hop bite on end but not overly bitter. Just not impressed though

M: Lighter body, almost to thin it seemed.

D: Probably would not recommend or seek out

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mjl21
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased a 22 ounce bottle at Belmont Station in Portland for $5.49. Poured into an Imperial pint glass. This is Silver Moon's 2009 fresh hop ale and is part of their Seasonal Series. Comes in at 6.7%.

A-Pours an almost crystal clear dark amber. It has a nice two off white finger head that has great retention. Lots of bubbles continuosly rise from the bottom. Nice streaks of lace are left in between sips.

S-This is one of the better noses for a fresh hop beer. They use 100% whole flower Cascade hops and the grapefruit character is definitely evident; it smells like freshly squeezed grapefruit juice. The fresh hop cones also impart a subtle grassy aroma that lets you know it was brewed with whole flower hops. The malt remains in the background throughout the session.

T-From the start there is a lot of grapefruit flavor. There is also some floral/grassiness from the whole hops that works well; it does not taste overly grassy. There is a little bit of biscuity malt and a touch of sweet malt as it goes down. It has a clean bitterness that reminds me in a lot of ways of a tad hoppier Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

M-It is a little thick and oily from the fresh hop resin. The long lasting head gives it a creamy and smooth texture. The carbonation is very comfortable.

D-A very good fresh hop beer that is a lot less herbal than most that I have tried. The smell and taste categories really should be at a 4.25.

This was my first beer from Silver Moon. An employee at Belmont Station had recommended this as being one of the better 2009 fresh hop beers. The Cascade hops really shine in this one and if you can find it I say pick one up.

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Photo of sharpski
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of BobDole007
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

HOPpopatamus from Silver Moon Brewing
Beer rating: 3.81 out of 5 with 23 ratings